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Deadline Extended: TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits to Germany Program 2020 for Researchers from sub-Saharan Africa


Postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, can go on a ‘CooperationVisit’ lasting three months to an institute in Germany.

Application Deadline: 1st June (extended from 18th May) 2020

Eligible Countries: Sub-Saharan African countries

To Be Taken At (Country): Germany

About the Award: The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany of no more than 3 months.

Under this programme, researchers are assisted in making a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany. Such visits will have a duration of no more than three (3) months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.

The aim of the visit is to discuss research collaboration with German scientists with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term collaboration, perhaps through other Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, or German Research Foundation) programmes. DFG will cover health insurance, travel expenses and provide subsistence costs for the stay in Germany. The administration and financial operation of TWAS is undertaken by UNESCO in accordance with an agreement signed by the two organizations.

Field of Study: All academic fields

Type: Postdoctoral, Short Courses


  • Applicants must hold a PhD and must have obtained it not earlier than 2015;
  • Applicants must be nationals of a sub-Saharan African country, including South Africa, and hold a research position in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applicants already on site in Germany are not eligible.
  • Previous receipients of a TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visit cannot reapply. For a second visit, the German host can apply for funding under the DFG Initiation of International Collaboration Programme.
  • Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply.
  • All academic fields will be considered.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: DFG will cover health insurance, travel expenses and provide subsistence costs for the stay in Germany.

Duration of Program: 3 months

How to Apply: 

  • Applicants must complete the online application form by clicking on the ‘Apply now’ button at the bottom of this page.
  • While filling in the online application, applicants also need to upload the following documentation in the link below.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, or German Research Foundation), The World Academy of Science.

1 Comment
  1. Tsehaye Kidus Ebuy says

    Dear Mr/Mrs.
    This is Tsehaye Kidus i’m M.Sc.in Applied Microbiology holder and i permanently live in Mekelle Tigray region Ethiopia i currently work in Tigray Biotechnology Center known by the commercial tissue culture laboratory as senior Researcher and i’m enthusiastically want to upgrade my practically capability on planning, handling, leading and coordinating Microbiology and Molecular laboratory activities so in that case I just need to upgrade my scholastic level to the higher level like at PhD though, just want you to understand my situation and provide me scholarship PhD in Microbial Biotechnology or related field.
    Truly Yours
    Tsehaye Kidus

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